New York – Justice Margaret Tibulya, Judge of the High Court of Uganda has been elected among four new half-time judicial positions on the United Nations Dispute Tribunal.
In the elections which took place on July 10 in the General Assembly, Justice Tibulya scored the highest vote of 110 out of 170.
Other candidates were from Malawi, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Germany, The Netherlands and Brazil.
In a show of further consideration for the Global South and gender sensitivity, the Assembly elected the Malawian (109/170), Trinidadian (101/170) and Barbados (88/170) candidates.
Of the newly elected, 3 out of 4 are women. The Tribunal already has 3 full time Judges (France, Portugal and Poland) and 4 half-time judges (Italy, Australia, Nigeria and United States) serving in various UN stations.
The position is for a one-time non-renewable term of seven years.
The United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) is the court UN system staff members apply to when they decide to challenge an administrative decision made by an entity over which the UNDT has Jurisdiction and which the Applicant believes violates their rights as a staff member.
The tribunal first became operational in 2009, as part of the new UN internal justice system which was created by the UN General Assembly at that time.
T is considered the UN internal justice system’s “first instance court” because it is the first of the UN internal justice system’s two courts staff members and former staff members can apply to. The UN Appeals Tribunal is considered the “second instance” court.
There are five permanent, professional judges in the UNDT – three full-time judges, and two half-time judges. There are also three ad litem, or temporary judges appointed for a one-year term by the General Assembly with all powers conferred on the permanent judges. One full-time judge and one ad litem judge sit at each location in Geneva.
UNDT cases are considered by a single judge, except for particularly complex or important cases, when a three-judge panel may be convened.
Supported by a Registry in each of its three locations in New York, Geneva and Nairobi, the UNDT has a courtroom at each location, and operates on a full-time basis.